THINGS YOU SEE IN ROME Ancient ruins resting amidst the modern city. Women in three-inch heels riding scooters. Down jackets. Motorcycles, so many motorcycles and scooters and smart cars parked in impossibly small spaces. Fountains at every turn. People smoking. Cobblestones. Gelaterias. Pizzarias. Couples kissing. Giant, two story tall heavy wooden doors that open into regular apartment complexes. Marble in altars, as flooring, on the street. Churches with domes or without. Piazzas, broad and modest, with fountains and sometimes obelisks. Walls, great unscalable walls guarding the entire Vatican City and another spanning a large part of North Rome. Well-dressed police officers.
WHAT YOU DON’T SEE IN ROME
Large cars: a Range Rover is a beast among kittens. People wearing khakis. International cuisine. Very few Asian restaurants and no other types that we saw. Starbucks. Bright colors in clothing. Skycrapers. Fleece jackets. Runners, except in Borghese Park where they don’t look awfully serious about it.